"As the squabbling lovers, the young attractive singing actors Joseph Kaiser and Sandra Piques Eddy are ideally cast. When we saw the headstrong Beatrice and the smug Benedict frozen in spotlit longing, we knew they would wind up in each other's arms eventually. Eddy (well-remembered for Cherubino in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at COT in 2005) and Kaiser (one of the star alums of the Lyric's Ryan Opera Center) generated the chemistry needed to make their romantic jousting fully believable. Eddy's rich, pliant voice had the supple mezzo colorations needed to convey the heroine's proud coltish spirit, yet also commanded the lyrical warmth to show us the vulnerability Beatrice kept hidden beneath her bemused exterior. Kaiser and Eddy were marvelous together."